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Gray
156102.  Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:04 am Reply with quote

...awaiting some kind of 'E' link, with the vague possibility of a 'chat' question such as What animal would like to have under remote control? with appropriate forfeits for Joanna Lumley, Jade Goodey, etc

Some Chinese scientists have recently performed some incredibly intricate brain surgery on a pigeon to attach its brain's flight control centres to a remote control unit so they can fly it around where they want.
Reuters

The same team had carried out similar experiments on mice a couple of years ago, and there's a history of people using rats, sharks and lampreys to fabricate electronic/biological systems that they can control.

American teams have recently linked monkey and human brains directly to robotic arms that can then be used 'by the power of thought' to grasp objects in their field of vision and feed themselves.
http://www.livescience.com/technology/050218_monkey_arm.html

This is the area in which the technology hopes to make strides (literally) - for amputees.

Scientists have also submerged a rat into a 'virtual world' by rigging its brain up to a visual field simulator and seeing if its brain neurons can work out how to get through a virtual maze. (It can.)
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg17323314.700-mind-over-metal.html
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Lampreys:
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THE advent of "cyborgs" has been brought a step closer by the creation of a strange hybrid creature with a mechanical body controlled by the brain of a fish. As ghoulish as this chimera sounds, it may one day allow people to be fitted with prosthetic devices that are controlled directly by their brain.

Light sensors housed in the mechanical body feed the brain sensory information. The brain tissue processes this information to generate command signals which tell the robot's motors which way to turn in response to its environment. Steve Grand, an expert in artificial life with Cyberlife Research in Somerset, describes the work as "laudably perverse" and likely to bring the world of cyborgs one step closer.

The robot possesses only a few neurons borrowed from the sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus, a primitive eel-like vertebrate. Yet it still displays apparently "complex" behaviours in response to simple light...


http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg16622420.400-half-fish-half-robot.html
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Sharks:
The US military has an ongoing remote control shark project
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4767428.stm

 
eggshaped
158152.  Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:52 am Reply with quote

Robot peregrine falcons are to be brought to rooftops in Liverpool in an attempt to rid the city of pigeons.

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The mechanical birds - called "Robops" - are to sit on the roofs of buildings, and can be moved around.

They look like a Peregrine Falcon, which is a natural predator of pigeons, and even squawk and flap their wings to scare off the birds.


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158324.  Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:58 am Reply with quote

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Jenny
159364.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:09 am Reply with quote

How about zombie ants?

 
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Gray
159381.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:29 am Reply with quote

We've covered zombie ants in the Evolution - bizarre adaptations thread.

 
Jenny
159407.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:42 pm Reply with quote

And Zombie spiders?

 
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Jenny
159415.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:54 pm Reply with quote

<subtly plants a probe in Garrick's brain>

 
Jenny
159417.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:00 pm Reply with quote

Ooh look - Body snatching barnacles.

 
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Jenny
159426.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:43 pm Reply with quote

Grrr! <shakes fist, cartoon style>

 
Gray
159697.  Sun Mar 25, 2007 6:09 am Reply with quote

Why, I oughtta...

 
eggshaped
161015.  Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:55 am Reply with quote

Robbie Williams was the first person to be killed by a robot.

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The family of an auto worker who was killed by a malfunctioning industrial robot in 1979 will receive $15 million from Litton Industries, the family's attorney said. The widow, three children, mother and five sisters of Robert Williams, 25, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., will share in the settlement, approved last week by Wayne County Circuit Judge Charles Kaufman, attorney Paul Rosen said yesterday. Williams died when a protruding arm of an industrial robot built by Unit Handling


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